A compelling Liverpool story of deep emotion and tangled family relationships which hide a dreadful secret. Alice Lacey couldn't be more different from her sister-in-law, Cora.
Alice is married to John, Cora to his hapless younger brother Billie.
Both women give birth to sons on one chaotic night in 1940.
It is Cora's jealousy and resentment that prompts her to swap her puny baby for Alice's beautiful son.
With Alice's marriage in tatters, she borrows money from Cora in order to purchase the lease of the tiny hairdresser where she works.
Alice is talented; the business thrives and a chain of salons becomes Laceys of Liverpool.
The relationships between the cousins Cormac and Maurice, their parents, Alice's three girls and their eventual husbands and children, combine to give a unique picture of Liverpool in the last sixty years of the twentieth century.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 06/12/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752844039
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Review by LouiseLacy
** spoiler alert ** This book, a present from my father because of the family name sat on my bookshelf for two years before I thumbed through it, I later kicked myself for that as The Lacey's of Liverpool is a fantastic read. I found the character of Alice to be naive at first when she borrowed money from Cora to start her own hair salon. But as the novel progresses Alice becomes an excellent business woman and the salon quickly becomes her life. I won't spoil it too much, but I would highly recommend this novel.